The Indigenous People and successionist group of Biafra (IPOB) have slammed the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, over his claim that the idea of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) was hijacked by the freedom fighters’ group from the South-East Governors.
Eye9ja gathered that the group’s media and publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, stated this in a statement on Monday, adding that the ESN was funded by its members in 120 countries around the world. Powerful also said that the group has enough money to fund the ESN.
IPOB Slams Imo Governor Over His Claim On ESN
IPOB in its reaction described the Imo governor’s claim as fallacious, amusing, and shameful. It noted that the governor has resorted to cheap blackmail following his failed attempt to infiltrate the ESN.
The group maintained that it was unnecessary to convince the public about those behind the ESN as it was in the public domain. It insisted that it did not need support from any of the governors to sustain the outfit.
The statement reads in part, “The attention of the Indigenous People of Biafra has been drawn to the fallacious, amusing, and shameful claims by the Supreme Court Administrator in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, that IPOB hijacked the Eastern Security Network from the South-East governors.
“We don’t need to belabour ourselves in convincing the public on who set up the ESN because it is public knowledge.
“For five months, our leader was begging South-East and South-South governors to float a regional security outfit to protect and defend our people against genocidal attacks by terrorists masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.
“Our leader even wrote a letter to the governors, which was made public, but they turned deaf ears to all the pleas, including the clamour by the people for a regional security outfit.
“Every honest person will attest to the fact that ESN was floated by IPOB in response to the yearnings of our people for self-defence against terrorists. It was a child of necessity borne as a result of the failure of the governors to rise to their responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the people.
“Their inability to stand with the people was because of their usual tendency to please their caliphate slave masters even to the detriment of their people.”